I'm looking for a used saddle in a particular make/model/seat for my young horse (currently riding in a borrowed saddle of this type).
I can find only one, on Ebay, that is brown. My horse would look fine in brown, but...
-- What is the resale value on a brown saddle?
-- I worry about finding stirrups, girths, bridles, etc in an economical price range. For example, I take a very long stirrup leather and prefer the 1/2" holes.
Brown saddles still usually sell a bit cheaper than black saddles of the same make/model/size, which is a huge plus for many people because one can afford "more" for less. Ebay is a pretty good barometer for current pricing/value, not always but generally. So, if you feel the price is fair, then its likely thats what its resale value will be in the nature of +/- 20%. Some sellers on ebay are completely out to lunch.
I haven't had a problem at all matching girths, leathers and bridles. It depends on how economical you mean. I think wintec makes a brown fleece girth thats inexpensive and people like.
The only real difficulty you'll run into is leathers, but they're out there, and you can always oil to get a better match. I have bobby's buffalo with half holes, beval and toulouse calfskin with 3/4" holes.
I personally have a strong preference for brown tack, I love leather with character.
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I have a brown dressage saddle and tend to be drawn to them... You will have no problem finding fittings. Most companies will offer the longer brown leathers. Just ask a tack store to order them for you if they don't have them in stock. With monoflap jumping saddles being so popular these days, finding a short brown girth is easier and easier. A few that come to mind: Nunn Finer makes a girth under $100. Prestige has both a straight and anatomic girth for under $200. Courbette does make the half hole leathers in the longer length (I think!) you may just have to ask for them. Prestige makes long brown leathers too.
Resale: Difficult. While brown may be the new black, like any fad, it is easier to sell the tried and true traditional. Brown dressage saddles tend to sit for a while for sale until just the right person comes along who has a horse that it will fit AND likes brown!
I'm trialing a used brown County saddle for use on a 4 YO who is being ridden in an identical saddle with success (trainer's saddle). Eventually I'd like to buy a new version of this saddle but not for another few years. I have always wanted a brown dressage saddles and like the rich brown in the pics I've seen of the saddle. On the down side it won't look good on every horse and I have a bunch of black bling browbands that will be rendered useless.